Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

Read­ing readi­ness is highly in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic. There is no “one size fits all” so­lu­tion to teach­ing a child to read. A par­ent or ed­u­ca­tor may need to em­ploy sev­eral tech­niques be­fore find­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate method for an in­di­vid­ual child. A child can, through the help of an adult or one ca­pa­ble. A child per­forms at a higher level than he or she can in­de­pen­dently. The process of learn­ing to read should thus be sup­ported by a car­ing and sup­port­ive in­di­vid­ual.

Read­ing readi­ness skills

Age-ap­pro­pri­ate oral lan­guage de­vel­op­ment and vo­cab­u­lary

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion of sto­ries and books

Phone­mic aware­ness

Un­der­stand­ing of ba­sic print con­cepts

Un­der­stand­ing of the al­pha­betic prin­ci­ple

Abil­ity to dis­tin­guish shapes

Abil­ity to iden­tify at least some let­ters of the al­pha­bet

Read to the child

Have the child “read” to you

Al­low the child to cre­ate their own story based on the pic­tures they see within the book

Reread sto­ries mul­ti­ple times

Omit words of a fa­mil­iar story and al­low the child to fill in the blank

Al­low the child to ex­per­i­ment with words

Point to the words on the page as you read out loud to the child

This en­ables the child to un­der­stand that sen­tences con­sist of sep­a­rate words.

--oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at Del Rosario El­e­men­tary School

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